‘Leven or Less Lunch — Lou Nanne’s Weekend Brunch: Great Deal, But Drink the Water

Author’s Note: This is the first installment of a monthly column on interesting meals available for less than $11 in the Twin Cities metro. While you can get a cup of soup and house salad for that money just about anywhere, this column’s focus will be non-chain establishments providing a more substantial meal at a reasonable price.

On to the review…

 

Lou Nanne’s opened in the Spring of last year, replacing the Romano’s Macaroni Grill location off France in Edina (7651 France Ave S). I’ve been to Nanne’s a few times in the evening since it opened, but this was my first visit during daylight hours — I stopped in on Saturday for the weekend brunch, which runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

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Summer Plans? Think Historic Forestville!

The time has come to start working those summer plans into our schedules! It’s hard to believe now, but green grass and budding trees are just around the corner.

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Planning Ahead For the Holiday Weight Gains

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Early planning and preparation can help you succeed through and beyond the holidays. According to one study, the average holiday weight gain was just under a pound, but the cumulative effect can negatively impact health.

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Fate and Luck: The Incredible Mr. Hillary

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Ed Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the Lebron and Steph Curry of mountaineering — yet all they could do was wait. They were holed up in a small tent on the South Col of Mount Everest while the ‘varsity’ team of two climbers was aggressively attacking the last 2,000 vertical feet above them. Their colleagues would become the first climbers to summit Everest, the world’s highest and most unreachable peak. In contrast to other climbers, Hillary and Tenzing were imposing physical specimens. Hillary was 6 foot 5 inches of lean, sinewy muscle and abounding energy. Norgay was larger than other Sherpas and his elite acclimatization to altitude enabled him to climb near the summit two times recently.

Norgay sat cross-legged in the small tent with a three-foot flame from the camp stove shooting up between his legs, while the others slept. A similar fire may have burned inside him. He had a score to settle with Everest. At 3:30 p.m. the first assault team of Charles Evans and Tom Bourdillon stumbled back into the South Col campsite — weary and beaten. According to Hillary’s official autobiography Reaching The Summit by Alexa Johnston, they ran out of time and oxygen to reach the summit. Now the stage was cleared for Hillary and Norgay.

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The Proverbial Cheat Meal: What is it? How Does it Work? How Can it be Effective?

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Cheating. Whether it’s in sport, relationships or life, the word itself almost always carries a negative, even hurtful, connotation. And when it comes to meeting your fitness goals, cheating — on your diet, your workouts, and your food journals — can feel like a betrayal to yourself. Why work so hard, if you are only going to undermine your efforts with a cookie, or two — or five? But what if cheating was actually somehow good for you? What if taking a break from discipline can actually help you in the long run?

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Ten of the Craziest Restaurants to Visit in the World

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Thinking of a trip this summer? Possibly later this year? Let’s be honest, besides the thrill of traveling to a destination unknown (or known), kicking back and indulging in food and drinks is equally exciting. So to give people more of a push to get out there and explore what the world has to offer this summer, ten of the strangest and or craziest restaurants around the world have been collected to get an idea of what the hospitality world has to offer while travelers explore the world around them.

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Understanding Food Labels and Their Terminology

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Let’s say you are trying to shop healthier for your family. You head out to the store for your weekly shopping trip, determined to come home with some healthier alternatives to the items in your pantry. However, when you get to the store, you find a multitude of products with different labels. Trying to determine which may be the best one to try is not always that easy. Products don’t just yell out from the aisles, “I’m the healthiest one! Buy ME!”

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A Wonderful Getaway From the Busy Cities

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Summer has finally come to Minnesota. The sun burns late in the day and green has crawled out of the darkness to cover the trees again. Parks are filled with eager children. Beaches are occupied by van-loads of families. The swooshing noises of the boats buzzing past each other on the lakes are accompanied by the gleeful barking of the family dog.

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Highlights of Southern Ireland

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I used to think the idea of Ireland being completely and richly green was probably a stereotype, but that didn’t last for long. That idea was dashed before my plane even landed. As I gazed out the window, as soon as the clouds dispersed the first thing I saw was emerald as far as the eye can see. It took my breath away from that very moment and I didn’t get it back until I left the country.

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Five Tips to Beat the Snooze

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We have all been there one time or another. The incessant beeping is sounding from your alarm clock as you hit the snooze button one more time. Before you know it, your early-morning workout session passed you by as you snoozed your way through your good intentions of setting an alarm! You kick yourself every time you find yourself in this morning battle, yet the next day yields the same alarm clock fight! What are some effective ways you can battle your morning alarm clock match and win?

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